We stood on the 7th floor balcony in the 35 degrees and 20 mph wind Friday night, admired the lights of the city and the whooshing fire pit. Drank mugs of hot apple cider spiked w/ apple brandy, grand marnier and goldschalger (just a touch for the cinnamon) I'm told. They also have a level with a roof and chairs, and a small indoor space.
We can't wait to go back earlier to watch the sunset. I had to google to be able to tell you the name, here's what I found:
7) SUNSET IN THE SMOKIES
For great views of the Art Deco skyline framed by the Smoky Mountains, take the rickety old elevator to the top of the Flatiron Building. (Don't forget to tip the operator.) The World Coffee Cafe (18 Battery Park Avenue; 828-225-6998; www.worldcoffeecafe.com) recently opened three rooftop balconies, where you can savor a glass of pinot grigio as the sun sets.
I'm HORRIFIED that I didn't tip the elevator guy, he was adorable...I just didn't know that was a custom. I would not call the super-cool elevator "rickety" but it was the old fashioned kind that the operator adjusts by hand.
They said they open at 5, just before sunset, HIGHLY recommended for coolness factor. We were the ONLY two patrons on a Friday night, so go quick....I don't want it to close!